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Preseason Rankings Comparison

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2007 Preseason Rankings Comparison

Updated 8/18/07

According to the sources listed below, Southern California is a unanimous pick to win the 2007 college football national title. The only teams to receive second-place predictions are LSU, Texas and West Virginia. Thirty-nine teams appear at least once in the rankings that we compare in this chart. Last year's champ, Florida, ranks no higher than 3rd. Ohio State, which lost to the Gators in the 2006 championship game, rates no higher than 5th.

The AP poll, though no longer a part of the BCS, still releases a preseason poll and regular weekly rankings. It could determine a number one team independent of the BCS. The Harris Interactive Poll, which replaced the AP in the BCS in 2005, will continue in that roll this year. Harris will not release its first rankings until September 23.

There are often amazing similarities between the preseason "voter polls" (coaches, Harris, AP) and the preseason annuals which would seemingly defy logic. After all, there is an inherent difference between a "poll" and a "preseason magazine prediction". The magazines are picking where they think the teams will be at the end of the year. The polls are determining where the teams should be ranked to begin the year. The Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR) actually release one of each method. The CCR Preseason Rankings are the "projections" of what the rankings will look like at the end of the regular season, and the CCR Current Rankings are how the teams supposedly stack-up on day one of the season.

Here is a sampling of some of the preseason rankings, listed in alphabetical order of the teams that appeared on at least one published Top 25 list.


Abbreviation descriptions
TSN - The Sporting News
S&S - Street & Smith's
CCR Proj - Congrove Computer Rankings - Projected Final Regular Season Rankings
CCR Wk. 1 - Congrove Computer Rankings - Opening Week Rankings.
Cons. Rank - Consensus rankings exclude both Congrove Computer Rankings to allow for comparison to the CCR.

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Team Coach AP Athlon Lindy's Phil Steele TSN Gold Sheet S&S Cons. Rank CCR (Proj.) CCR (Wk.1)
Alabama * * * * 17 * * * 30 * *
Arkansas 20 21 * 14 * * * 12 25 * *
Auburn 14 18 21 23 * 16 * 14 20 19 17
Boise State 23 24 * * * 22 21 25 24 6 14
Boston College * * * 24 * * * * 34 * 19
BYU * * * * 25 * * * 37 21 23
California 12 12 11 12 * 12 24 11 17 17 11
Florida 3 6 6 11 14 5 3 6 6 12 10
Florida State 21 19 * 21 8 11 * * 23 * *
Georgia 13 13 16 17 11 14 8 16 11 * *
Georgia Tech * * 14 * * * * * 29 23 25
Hawaii 24 23 19 19 12 * 18 * 21 15 *
Houston * * * * * * * * * 16 *
Kentucky * * * * * * 25 * 37 * *
Louisville 11 10 13 9 7 9 14 10 10 8 5
LSU 2 2 3 2 2 2 6 4 2 2 2
Miami (Fla.) * * 24 * * * * * 34 * *
Michigan 5 5 8 3 5 3 4 5 4 20 21
Missouri * * * * 19 * * * 32 * *
Nebraska 19 20 18 25 22 23 15 20 15 * 18
Ohio State 10 11 12 13 15 17 20 15 12 5 12
Oklahoma 8 8 7 10 3 13 7 7 8 3 3
Oregon * * * * 18 * * * 31 * *
Oregon State * * 22 * * * 16 * 28 25 15
Penn State 18 17 17 * 10 15 * 13 19 * *
Rutgers 16 16 10 16 * 19 17 19 18 18 16
South Carolina * * * * 13 * 22 * 27 * 20
South Florida * * * * 24 21 23 * 26 * 22
Southern Miss * * * * * 24 * * 34 24 *
TCU 22 22 25 15 23 20 13 23 16 13 13
Tennessee 15 15 20 7 25 18 19 21 14 22 24
Texas 4 4 2 5 6 6 11 8 5 7 4
Texas A&M 25 25 23 18 20 * 5 * 22 * *
UCLA 17 14 15 22 21 10 12 17 13 9 7
USC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Virginia Tech 9 9 9 8 9 7 9 9 9 11 9
Wake Forest * * * 20 * * * * 33 14 *
West Virginia 6 3 5 4 4 4 2 2 3 4 6
Wisconsin 7 7 4 6 16 8 10 3 7 10 8